of symbols included on a keyboard
or keypads to form digital
facial expressions on digital devices. People use these to emphasize how they are feeling instead of having to type
out the feeling. For example, John may text to Susie that he is feeling said and will include :-( to show his expression (when viewed sideways, it appears to be a two eyes, a nose, and a frown). Emoticons are popular with instant and text messaging
has even programmed some of their Microsoft Office
products including Word and Outlook to display a simple illustrated facial expression when a user
types in the corresponding sequence of symbols.